STEM Program Logo-300x232Excitement bubbled from Alex Yezbick and Michael Larkin.


Participating in the week-long STEM summer camp at St. Joan of Arc School in south St. Louis, the soon-to-be third-graders enthusiastically described their project designing, building and re-designing a boat.


They called it the “Duck Boat,” and it had no relation to the omnipresent Duck Dynasty family. Rather, above the boat flew a flag bearing a duck with a pirate eye-patch made by Alex, who also built the mast. The boat’s hull was made of foil.


Finally, Alex and Michael had to strategically place weights — in this case, little toy bears — to maintain the ship’s balance. Too much weight on one side, and the boats and bears would go glub, glub, glub.


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